What you should know as a housing provider: The Fair Housing Act (FH Act) protects all citizens from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap or familial status (families with children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18.
Senior Housing Exemption
Although the FH Act was amended in 1988 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability and familial status, Congress intended to preserve housing specifically designed to meet the needs of older persons. Such housing that meets the FH Act definition of "housing for older persons" is exempt from the law's familial status requirements provided that:
Therefore, housing that satisfies the legal definition of senior housing or housing for older persons described above, can legally exclude families with children.
The Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA) HOPA - eliminated initial requirements for "significant services and facilities" within designated senior housing units or areas.
Senior Citizens Information Links